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1 1333. Certificate of registration of existing company Effects of registration under this Chapter Power to substitute memorandum and articles for deed of settlement Power of court to stay or restrain proceedings Actions stayed on winding-up order. PART 23 Public offers of securities, financial reporting by Traded Companies, prevention of market Abuse, etc. Chapter 1 Public offers of securities Interpretation (Chapter 1) Civil liability for misstatements in prospectus Exceptions and exemptions Restriction of liability where non-equity securities solely involved Indemnification of certain persons Expert s consent to issue of prospectus containing statement by him or her Regulations (Chapter 1) Saver for existing Prospectus Regulations Penalties on conviction on indictment and defences in respect of certain offences Untrue statements and omissions in prospectus: criminal liability Requirements about minimum subscriptions, matters to be stated in offer documentation in that regard, etc Supplemental provisions in relation to section Further supplemental provisions in relation to section 1348: effect of irregular allotment Allotment of securities to be dealt in on stock exchange or regulated market Local offers Exclusion of Investment Intermediaries Act Power to make certain rules and issue guidelines Certain agreements void. 62

2 Chapter 2 Market abuse Interpretation (Chapter 2) Regulations (Chapter 2) Saver for existing Market Abuse Regulations Conviction on indictment of offences under Irish market abuse law: penalties Civil liability for certain breaches of Irish market abuse law Supplementary rules, etc., by competent authority Application of Irish market abuse law to certain markets. Chapter 3 Requirement for corporate governance statement and application of certain provisions of Parts 5 and 6 where company is a traded company Definition (Chapter 3) Corporate governance statement in the case of a traded company Application of section 226 to a traded company Application of sections 280 and 281 to a traded company excluded Application of sections 291(7)(b), 294 and 363 to a traded company Certain exemptions from consolidation of financial statements not available to traded company. Chapter 4 Transparency requirements regarding issuers of securities admitted to trading on certain markets Interpretation (Chapter 4) Power to make certain regulations (Chapter 4) Saver for existing Transparency Regulations Conviction on indictment of offences under transparency (regulated markets) law Supplementary rules, etc. by competent authority Application of transparency (regulated markets) law to certain markets. 63

3 PART 23 Public offers of securities, financial reporting by Traded Companies, Prevention of market abuse, etc. Chapter 1 Public offers of securities 5 Interpretation (Chapter 1) (1) In this Chapter 2003 Prospectus Directive means Directive 2003/71/ EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003, including that Directive as it stands amended for the time being; body corporate includes a company; 10 EU prospectus law means (a) the measures adopted for the time being by a Member State (including the State) or an EEA state, to implement the 2003 Prospectus Directive; (b) any measures directly applicable in consequence of the Prospectus Directive and, without prejudice to the generality of this paragraph, includes the Prospectus Regulation; and (c) any supplementary and consequential measures adopted for the time being by a Member State (including the 20 State) or an EEA state in respect of the Prospectus Regulation; expert, save where a different construction in respect of that expression applies for the purposes of this Chapter by virtue of Irish prospectus law, includes engineer, valuer, accountant and any other 25 individual or body (whether incorporated or unincorporated) the profession of whom, or the profession of members, officers or employees of which, gives authority to a statement made by the individual or body; Irish prospectus law means 30 (a) the measures adopted for the time being by the State to implement the 2003 Prospectus Directive (whether an Act of the Oireachtas, regulations under section 3 of the European Communities Act 1972, regulations under section 1344 or any other enactment (other than, save 35 where the context otherwise admits, this Chapter); (b) any measures directly applicable in the State in consequence of the 2003 Prospectus Directive and, without prejudice to the generality of this paragraph, includes the Prospectus Regulation; and 40 (c) any supplementary and consequential measures adopted for the time being by the State in respect of the Prospectus Regulation; issuer means a body corporate or other legal entity which issues or proposes to issue securities;

4 local offer means an offer of securities to the public in the State where 5 10 (a) the offer expressly limits the amount of the total consideration for the offer to less than 2,500,000 (and the means by which that limit shall be calculated, in particular in the case of a series of such offers of securities, shall be the same as that provided for by regulations under section 1344 in relation to analogous limits specified by those regulations for any purpose); (b) the securities are other than those referred to in any of paragraphs (a) to (g) or paragraph (i) or (j) of Article 1(2) of the 2003 Prospectus Directive; and (c) the offer is not of a kind described in Article 3(2) of the 2003 Prospectus Directive; 15 Minister means the Minister for Finance; offer of securities to the public has the same meaning as it has in Irish prospectus law; 20 offering document means a document prepared for a local offer which document, if prepared in connection with an offer to which the 2003 Prospectus Directive applies, would be a prospectus; offeror means a body corporate or other legal entity or an individual which or who offers securities to the public; promoter means, subject to subsection (5), a promoter who was a party to the preparation of a prospectus, or of the portion thereof containing an untrue statement; prospectus means a document or documents in such form and containing such information as may be required by or under this Chapter or EU prospectus law, howsoever the document or documents are constituted, but does not include any advertisements in newspapers or journals derived from the foregoing; Prospectus Regulation means Commission Regulation (EC) No. 809/2004 of 29 April 2004, implementing Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards information contained in prospectuses as well as the format, incorporation by reference and publication of such prospectuses and dissemination of advertisements; securities has the same meaning as it has in Irish prospectus law, and includes shares and debentures of a company. 40 (2) A word or expression that is used in this Chapter and is also used in the 2003 Prospectus Directive shall have in this Chapter the same meaning as it has in that Directive, unless (a) the contrary intention appears; or (b) Irish prospectus law provides otherwise. (3) For the purposes of this Chapter 45 (a) a statement included in a prospectus shall be deemed to be untrue if it is misleading in the form and context in which it is included; and 1001

5 (b) a statement shall be deemed to be included in a prospectus if it is contained therein or in any report or memorandum appearing on the face thereof or by reference incorporated therein. (4) Without limiting the meaning of that expression in any other 5 context in which it is used in this Chapter, statement in section 1343(2) (other than paragraph (b) thereof) and any other section of this Chapter that makes provision in respect of an expert, includes a report and a valuation. (5) Nothing in this Chapter shall limit or diminish any liability 10 which any person may incur under the general law. (6) For the purposes of sections 1339 and 1341, the following persons shall be deemed not to be a promoter or a person who has authorised the issue of the prospectus (a) a professional adviser to any person referred to in section acting as such; (b) an underwriter or professional adviser to an underwriter acting as such. (7) The person referred to as the purchaser in the following case shall be deemed to be an underwriter for the purposes of subsec- 20 tion (6)(b). (8) That case is one in which (a) a person (the offeror ) intends to make an offer of securities to the public; and (b) another person (the purchaser ) 25 (i) agrees to purchase those securities with the intention of their immediate resale, to give effect to that intention of the offeror, at a profit or subject to payment by the offeror to the purchaser of a commission; and (ii) binds himself or herself to purchase, or procure the 30 purchase of, any of the securities not so resold. Civil liability for misstatements in prospectus (1) Subject to sections 1340 and 1341, the following persons shall be liable to pay compensation to all persons who acquire any securities on the faith of a prospectus for the loss or damage they may have sustained by reason of 35 namely (a) any untrue statement included therein; or (b) any omission of information required by EU prospectus law to be contained in the prospectus, (i) the issuer who has issued the prospectus or on whose 40 behalf the prospectus has been issued; (ii) the offeror of securities to which the prospectus relates; 1002

6 (iii) every person who has sought the admission of the securities to which the prospectus relates to trading on a regulated market; 5 (iv) the guarantor of the issue of securities to which the prospectus relates; (v) every person who is a director of the issuer at the time of the issue of the prospectus; 10 (vi) every person who has authorised himself or herself to be named and is named in the prospectus as a director of the issuer or as having agreed to become such a director either immediately or after an interval of time; (vii) every person being a promoter of the issuer; (viii) every person who has authorised the issue of the prospectus (not being the competent authority designated under Irish prospectus law). (2) In addition to the persons specified in subsection (1) as being liable in the circumstances there set out, an expert who has given the consent required by section 1343 to the inclusion in a prospectus of a statement purporting to be made by him or her shall, subject to sections 1340 and 1341, be liable to pay compensation to all persons who acquire any securities on the faith of the prospectus for the loss or damage they may have sustained by reason of an untrue statement in the prospectus purporting to be made by him or her as an expert (1) A person shall not be liable under section 1339 solely on the basis of a summary of a prospectus, including any translation thereof, unless it is misleading, inaccurate or inconsistent when read together with other parts of the prospectus. Exceptions and exemptions. (2) Subject to subsection (4), a person shall not be liable under section 1339 if he or she proves (a) that, having consented to become a director of the issuer, he or she withdrew, in writing, his or her consent before the issue of the prospectus, and that it was issued without his or her authority or consent; or (b) that the prospectus was issued without his or her knowledge or consent and that, on becoming aware of its issue, he or she forthwith gave reasonable public notice that it was issued without his or her knowledge or consent; or (c) that after the issue of the prospectus and before the acquisition of securities thereunder by the person referred to in section 1339, he or she, on becoming aware of any untrue statement therein or omission of material information required by EU prospectus law to be contained therein, withdrew, in writing, his or her consent thereto and gave reasonable public notice of the withdrawal and of the reason therefor; or (d) that (i) as regards 1003

7 (I) every untrue statement not purporting to be made on the authority of an expert or of a public official document or statement; (II) the omission from the prospectus of any information required by EU prospectus law to be 5 contained therein, he or she had reasonable grounds to believe, and did up to the time of the issue of the securities believe, that the statement was true or that the matter whose omission caused loss was properly omitted; and 10 (ii) as regards every untrue statement purporting to be a statement by an expert or contained in what purports to be a copy of or extract from a report or valuation of an expert, it fairly represented the statement, or was a correct and fair copy of or extract from the 15 report or valuation, and he or she had reasonable grounds to believe and did up to the time of the issue of the prospectus believe that the person making the statement was competent to make it and, where required by section 1343, that that person had given 20 his or her consent to the inclusion of the statement in the prospectus and had not withdrawn, in writing, that consent before the publication of the prospectus or, to the defendant s knowledge, before issue of securities thereunder; and 25 (iii) as regards every untrue statement purporting to be a statement made by an official person or contained in what purports to be a copy of or extract from a public official document, it was a correct and fair representation of the statement or copy of or extract 30 from the document. (3) In subsections (4) and (5) by reason of the relevant consent, in relation to an expert, means by reason of his or her having given the consent required of him or her by section 1343 to the inclusion in the prospectus of the statement concerned. 35 (4) Subsection (2) shall not apply in the case of an expert, by reason of the relevant consent, in respect of an untrue statement purporting to be made by him or her as an expert. (5) An expert who, apart from this subsection, would be liable under section 1339, by reason of the relevant consent, in respect of 40 an untrue statement purporting to be made by him or her as an expert shall not be so liable if he or she proves (a) that having given his or her consent to the inclusion in the prospectus of the statement, he or she withdrew it in writing before publication of the prospectus; or 45 (b) that, after publication of the prospectus and before the acquisition of securities thereunder by the person referred to in section 1339, on becoming aware of the untrue statement, withdrew his or her consent in writing and gave reasonable public notice of the withdrawal and 50 of the reason therefor; or (c) that he or she was competent to make the statement and that he or she had reasonable grounds to believe and did 1004

8 up to the time of such acquisition of the securities believe that the statement was true Where a prospectus is issued solely in respect of nonequity securities (a) only Restriction of liability where nonequity securities solely involved. (i) the offeror or the person who has sought the admission of the securities to which the prospectus relates to trading on a regulated market; and 10 (ii) subject to, and to the extent provided in, paragraph (c), the guarantor (if any), and no other person referred to in section 1339 shall be liable under that section in the circumstances in which that section applies unless (I) the prospectus expressly provides otherwise; or (II) that other such person is convicted on indictment of an offence created by Irish prospectus law or an offence under section 1347 in respect of the issue of that prospectus; (b) neither section 224(1) nor 227(1) shall apply to the directors or secretary of the issuer to the extent that such application would thereby impose a liability under section 1339 on such directors or secretary; and (c) no liability shall attach under section 1339 to a guarantor of such securities save in respect of statements included in, or information omitted from, the prospectus that relate to the guarantor or the guarantee given by the guarantor (1) This section applies where Indemnification of certain persons. (a) a prospectus contains the name of a person as a director of the issuer, or as having agreed to become a director thereof, and the person has not consented to become a director, or has withdrawn, in writing, his or her consent before the issue of the prospectus, and has not authorised or consented to the issue thereof; or (b) the consent of an expert is required by section 1343 to the inclusion in a prospectus of a statement purporting to be made by the expert and he or she either has not given that consent or has withdrawn, in writing, that consent before the issue of the prospectus. (2) The directors of the issuer, except any without whose knowledge or consent the prospectus was issued, and any other person who authorised the issue thereof shall be liable to indemnify the person named as mentioned in subsection (1) or, as the case may be, whose consent was required as so mentioned against each of the following (a) all damages, costs and expenses to which the person may be made liable by reason of the person s name having 1005

9 been inserted in the prospectus or of the inclusion therein of a statement purporting to be made by the person as an expert, as the case may be; (b) all costs and expenses in defending himself or herself against any action or legal proceeding brought against 5 him or her in respect thereof. Expert s consent to issue of prospectus containing statement by him or her (1) The prohibition in subsection (2) only applies in relation to a prospectus if EU prospectus law requires the inclusion in the prospectus of a statement of the kind referred to in paragraph (b) of that subsection. 10 (2) A prospectus including a statement that is attributed to an expert shall not be issued unless (a) the expert has given and has not, before publication of the prospectus, withdrawn, in writing, his or her consent to the inclusion in the prospectus of the statement in the 15 form and context in which it is included; and (b) a statement that the expert has given and has not withdrawn, in writing, that consent appears in the prospectus. (3) If any prospectus is issued in contravention of this section, the issuer and every person who is knowingly a party to the issue thereof 20 shall be guilty of a category 3 offence. Regulations (Chapter 1) (1) The Minister may make regulations for the purposes of (a) giving effect to the 2003 Prospectus Directive; and (b) supplementing and making consequential provision in 25 respect of the Prospectus Regulation. (2) Regulations under this section may contain such incidental, supplementary and consequential provisions as appear to the Minister to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of those regulations, including 30 (a) provisions creating offences (but the regulations may only provide penalties in respect of a summary conviction for any such offence); and (b) provisions revoking instruments made under other enactments. 35 (3) This section is without prejudice to section 3 of the European Communities Act Saver for existing Prospectus Regulations (1) Regulations made under section 46 of the Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005 and in force immediately before the commencement of this section shall 40 continue in force as if they were regulations made under section 1344 and may be amended or revoked accordingly. (2) Without prejudice to Schedule 6 or to the generality of section 26(2)(f) of the Interpretation Act 2005, the reference in Regulation 107(4) of the Prospectus (Directive 2003/71/EC) Regulations

10 (S.I. No. 324 of 2005) to section 47 of the Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005 shall, after the commencement of this section, be read as a reference to section (3) The adaptation of reference effected by subsection (2) does not affect the operation of section 27 of the Interpretation Act 2005 as it concerns a prosecution initiated before or after the repeal by this Act of section 47 of the Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005 in respect of an offence referred to that section 47 committed before that repeal (1) A person who is guilty of an offence created by Irish Penalties on prospectus law (being an offence expressed by that law to be an conviction on offence to which this section applies) shall, without prejudice to any indictment and defences in respect penalties provided by that law in respect of a summary conviction of certain offences. for the offence, be liable, on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding 1,000,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or both. (2) In any proceedings against a person in respect of an offence created by Irish prospectus law, it shall be a defence to prove 20 (a) as regards any matter not disclosed in the prospectus concerned, that the person did not know it; or (b) the contravention arose from an honest mistake of fact on the person s part; or 25 (c) the contravention was in respect of matters which, having regard to the circumstances of the case, was immaterial or as respects which, having regard to those circumstances, the person ought otherwise reasonably to be excused (1) Where a prospectus is issued and (a) includes any untrue statement; or (b) omits any information required by EU prospectus law to be contained in it, Untrue statements and omissions in prospectus: criminal liability. any person who authorised the issue of the prospectus (not being the competent authority designated under Irish prospectus law) shall be guilty of a category 2 offence unless he or she proves (i) as regards an untrue statement, either that the statement was, having regard to the circumstances of the case, immaterial or that he or she honestly believed and did, up to the time of the issue of the prospectus, believe that the statement was true; or (ii) as regards any information omitted, either that the omission was, having regard to the circumstances of the case, immaterial or that he or she did not know it; or (iii) that the making of the statement or omission was otherwise such as, having regard to the circumstances of the case, ought reasonably to be excused. (2) Without prejudice to the generality of section 866(1), summary proceedings in relation to an offence under this section may be 1007

11 brought and prosecuted by the competent authority designated under Irish prospectus law. (3) If at a trial for an offence under this section or an offence created by Irish prospectus law, the judge or jury has to consider whether the defendant honestly believed a particular thing or was 5 honestly mistaken in relation to a particular thing, the presence or absence of reasonable grounds for such a belief or for his or her having been so mistaken is a matter to which the judge or jury is to have regard, in conjunction with any other relevant matters, in considering whether the defendant so believed or was so mistaken. 10 Requirements about minimum subscriptions, matters to be stated in offer documentation in that regard, etc (1) No allotment shall be made of any share capital of a PLC offered for subscription unless (a) that capital is subscribed for in full; or (b) the offer states that, even if the capital is not subscribed for in full, the amount of that capital subscribed for may 15 be allotted in any event or in the event of the conditions specified in the offer being satisfied, and, where conditions are so specified, no allotment of the capital shall be made by virtue of paragraph (b) unless those conditions are satisfied. 20 (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), where a prospectus states (a) the minimum amount which, in the opinion of the directors, must be raised from an issue of shares; and (b) that no allotment shall be made of any of those shares 25 unless that minimum amount has been subscribed and the sum payable on application for the amount so stated has been paid up, then no such allotment shall be made unless that minimum amount has been subscribed and the foregoing sum so payable has been 30 paid up. (3) The amount stated in the prospectus as mentioned in subsection (2) shall be reckoned exclusively of any amount payable otherwise than in cash. (4) Any condition requiring or binding any applicant for shares 35 to waive compliance with any requirement of subsections (1) to (3) or section 1349 as it applies to those subsections shall be void. (5) Subsections (2) and (3) and, so far as it relates to those subsections, subsection (4) shall not apply to any allotment of shares subsequent to the first allotment of shares offered to the public for sub- 40 scription. Supplemental provisions in relation to section (1) Subsection (2) applies where either (a) shares have been allotted in contravention of section 1348(1); or 1008

12 (b) the conditions referred to in section 1348(2) have not been satisfied on the expiration of 40 days after the date of first issue of the prospectus concerned. (2) Where this subsection applies 5 (a) all money received from applicants for shares shall be repaid forthwith after (i) in a case falling within subsection (1)(a), the contravention referred to in that provision; or 10 (ii) in a case falling within subsection (1)(b), the expiration of the period of 40 days referred to in that provision, to the applicants without interest; (b) if any such money is not so repaid after that contravention or, in a case falling within subsection (1)(b), the expiration of 48 days after the date of first issue of the prospectus concerned, the directors of the PLC shall, subject to subsection (3), be jointly and severally liable to repay that money with interest at the appropriate rate from that contravention or, as the case may be, the expiration of the 48th day. (3) A director shall not be liable as mentioned in subsection (2)(b) if he or she proves that the default in the repayment of the money was not due to any misconduct or negligence on his or her part. 25 (4) Section 1348(1) shall apply in the case of shares offered as wholly or partly payable otherwise than in cash as it applies in the case of shares offered for subscription and (a) in section 1348(1) the word subscribed shall be read accordingly; and (b) section 1348(4) and subsections (1) to (3) of this section shall accordingly apply in the first-mentioned case as they apply in the second-mentioned case, but with the following modifications. (5) Those modifications are that references in subsections (2) and (3) to the repayment of money received from applicants for shares shall be read as including references to the return of any other consideration so received (including, if the case so requires, the release of the applicant from any undertaking) or, if it is not reasonably practicable to return the consideration, the payment of money equal to the value of the consideration at the time it was so received, and references to interest shall have effect accordingly (1) An allotment made by a PLC to an applicant in contravention of section 1348(1) or (2) shall be voidable at the instance of the applicant within 30 days after the date of the allotment and not later, and shall be so voidable notwithstanding that the PLC is in the course of being wound up. Further supplemental provisions in relation to section 1348: effect of irregular allotment. (2) Where an allotment is avoided under this section, the PLC shall, within 30 days after the date of avoidance, deliver to the Registrar a notice to that effect and subsection (9) of section 1019 shall 1009

13 apply in relation to this subsection as it applies in relation to subsection (8) of that section. (3) If any director of a PLC knowingly contravenes, or permits or authorises the contravention of, any of the provisions of section 1348 with respect to allotment, he or she shall be liable to compensate the 5 PLC and the allottee, respectively, for any loss, damage, costs or expenses which the PLC or allottee has sustained or incurred by reason of the contravention. (4) No proceedings to recover any such loss, damage, costs or expenses shall be commenced after the expiration of 2 years after 10 the date of the delivery to the Registrar of the return of allotments in question. Allotment of securities to be dealt in on stock exchange or regulated market (1) Where a prospectus, whether issued generally or not, states that application has been or will be made for permission for the securities offered thereby to be dealt in on any market, any allot- 15 ment made on an application in pursuance of the prospectus shall, whenever made, be void if the permission has not been applied for before the third day after the date of first issue of the prospectus or, if the permission has not been granted, within 6 weeks after the date of the closing of the subscription lists. 20 (2) Where the permission has not been applied for as mentioned in subsection (1) or has not been granted, the PLC shall forthwith repay without interest all money received from applicants in pursuance of the prospectus. (3) If any such money is not repaid within 8 days after the PLC 25 becomes so liable to repay it, the directors of the company shall be jointly and severally liable to repay that money with interest at the appropriate rate from the expiration of the eighth day, but a director shall not be so liable if he or she proves that the default in the repayment of the money was not due to any misconduct or negligence on 30 his or her part. (4) All money received as mentioned in subsection (2) shall be kept in a separate bank account so long as the PLC may become liable to repay it under that subsection; if default is made in complying with this subsection, the PLC and any officer of it who is in 35 default shall be guilty of a category 3 offence. (5) Any condition requiring or binding any applicant for securities to waive compliance with any requirement of this section shall be void. (6) This section shall have effect 40 (a) in relation to any securities agreed to be taken by a person underwriting an offer thereof by a prospectus as if he or she had applied therefor in pursuance of the prospectus; and (b) in relation to a prospectus offering securities for sale with 45 the following modifications (i) references to sale shall be substituted for references to allotment; (ii) the persons by whom the offer is made, and not the PLC, shall be liable under subsection (2) to repay

14 money received from applicants, and references to the PLC s liability under that subsection shall be read accordingly; and 5 10 (iii) for the reference in subsection (4) to the PLC and any officer of it who is in default there shall be substituted a reference to any person by or through whom the offer is made and who knowingly and intentionally authorises or permits the default. (7) The provisions of this section shall not apply in relation to an allotment of non-equity securities (1) An offering document prepared for a local offer shall contain the following statements in print in clearly legible type (a) on the front page or otherwise in a prominent position: Local offers This document, has not been prepared in accordance with Directive 2003/71/EC on prospectuses or any measures made under that Directive or the laws of Ireland or of any EU Member State or EEA treaty adherent state that implement that Directive or those measures, has not been reviewed, prior to its being issued, by any regulatory authority in Ireland or in any other EU Member State or EEA treaty adherent state, and therefore may not contain all the information required where a document is prepared pursuant to that Directive or those laws. ; (b) elsewhere in the offering document: (i) where the offering document contains information on past performance: 30 Past performance may not be a reliable guide to future performance. ; (ii) where the offering document contains information on simulated performance: Simulated performance may not be a reliable guide to future performance. ; (iii) Investments may fall as well as rise in value. ; (iv) where securities are described as being likely to yield income or as being suitable for an investor particularly seeking income from his or her investment, and where the income from the securities can fluctuate: Income may fluctuate in accordance with market conditions and taxation arrangements. ; 45 (v) where the primary market for the securities or the currency of the underlying business is in a currency other than euro: 1011

15 Changes in exchange rates may have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of the securities. ; (vi) where the securities do not constitute a readily realisable investment: It may be difficult for investors to sell or realise the 5 securities and/or obtain reliable information about their value or the extent of the risks to which they are exposed.. (2) Any requirement of subsection (1) as to the inclusion of a particular statement in an offering document shall be regarded as 10 satisfied if words substantially to the effect of that statement are instead included in that document. (3) If an offeror fails to comply with subsection (1) the offeror shall be guilty of a category 3 offence. (4) No offering document prepared for a local offer shall be 15 issued by or on behalf of a PLC or in relation to an intended PLC unless, on or before the date of its publication, a copy of the offering document has been delivered to the Registrar. Exclusion of Investment Intermediaries Act (1) Any document issued in connection with an offer of securities by or on behalf of an issuer, offeror or person seeking 20 admission of securities to trading on a regulated market shall not be regarded as constituting an investment advertisement within the meaning of section 23 of the Investment Intermediaries Act (2) In subsection (1) document includes, in the case of a local offer, an offering document. 25 Power to make certain rules and issue guidelines (1) In this section competent authority means the competent authority designated under Irish prospectus law. (2) The competent authority may make rules imposing or enabling the competent authority to impose requirements on persons on whom an obligation or obligations are imposed by Irish prospec- 30 tus law, being requirements (a) to do or not to do specified things so as to secure that the provisions of Irish prospectus law are complied with and, in particular (without limiting the generality of this paragraph), to adopt specified procedures and use speci- 35 fied forms in the provision of information to the competent authority; (b) to do or not to do specified things so as to secure the effective supervision by the competent authority of activities of the kind to which Irish prospectus law relates and, 40 in particular (without limiting the generality of this paragraph), to make such reports or disclose such matters, at such times and in such manner, to the competent authority or other specified persons as are provided for by the rules or specified by the competent auth- 45 ority pursuant to the rules, being reports or a disclosure of matters that is or are required by virtue or in consequence of the operation of Irish prospectus law. 1012

16 5 10 (3) Rules under this section may include rules providing for the manner in which or the matters by reference to which (or both) a determination is to be made of any issue as to whether a transaction or transactions is or are of a significant size for the purposes of the provisions of Irish prospectus law implementing Article 2(2)(a) of the 2003 Prospectus Directive. (4) The reference in subsection (1) to an obligation imposed on a person by Irish prospectus law includes a reference to an obligation imposed on a person by virtue of the person s exercising a right or option provided under Irish prospectus law. (5) Rules under this section may contain such consequential, incidental or supplemental provisions as the competent authority considers necessary or expedient (6) Rules under this section shall not contain any provision that is inconsistent with Irish prospectus law or require the provision of information to any person, the provision of which is not reasonably related to the purposes for which the applicable provisions of the 2003 Prospectus Directive have been adopted. (7) The provisions of Irish prospectus law that are expressed by that law to be made for the purpose of enabling the imposition of administrative sanctions shall apply in relation to a contravention of rules under this section as they apply in relation to a contravention of a provision of Irish prospectus law and, accordingly, a sanction that may be imposed pursuant to the first-mentioned provisions of Irish prospectus law in respect of a contravention of a provision of that law may, in accordance with that law, be imposed in respect of a contravention of rules under this section. (8) The competent authority may issue guidelines in writing as to the steps that may be taken to comply with Irish prospectus law. 30 (9) Rules made under section 51 of the Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005 and in force immediately before the commencement of this section shall continue in force as if they were rules made under this section and may be amended or revoked accordingly A condition (a) requiring or binding an applicant for securities to waive compliance with any requirement of Certain agreements void. (i) this Chapter; or (ii) EU prospectus law; 40 or (b) where EU prospectus law applies, purporting to affect him or her with notice of any contract, document or matter not specifically referred to in the prospectus concerned, shall be void. 1013

17 Chapter 2 Market abuse Interpretation (Chapter 2) (1) In this Chapter 2003 Market Abuse Directive means Directive 2003/6/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2003 on 5 insider dealing and market manipulation (market abuse), including that Directive as it stands amended for the time being; Irish market abuse law means (a) the measures adopted for the time being by the State to implement the 2003 Market Abuse Directive and the sup- 10 plemental Directives (whether an Act of the Oireachtas, regulations under section 3 of the European Communities Act 1972, regulations under section 1357 or any other enactment (other than, save where the context otherwise admits, this Chapter); 15 (b) any measures directly applicable in the State in consequence of the 2003 Market Abuse Directive and, without prejudice to the generality of this paragraph, includes the Market Abuse Regulation; and (c) any supplementary and consequential measures adopted 20 for the time being by the State in respect of the Market Abuse Regulation; Market Abuse Regulation means Commission Regulation 2273/2003 of 22 December 2003; Minister means the Minister for Finance; 25 supplemental Directives means (a) Commission Directive No. 2003/124/EC of 22 December 2003; (b) Commission Directive No. 2003/125/EC of 22 December 2003;and 30 (c) Commission Directive No. 2004/72/EC of 29 April (2) A word or expression that is used in this Chapter and is also used in the 2003 Market Abuse Directive or the supplemental Directives shall have, in this Chapter, the same meaning as it has in the 2003 Market Abuse Directive or the supplemental Directives, 35 unless (a) the contrary intention appears; or (b) Irish market abuse law provides otherwise. Regulations (Chapter 2) (1) The Minister may make regulations for the purposes of 40 (a) giving effect to the 2003 Market Abuse Directive and the supplemental Directives; and 1014

18 (b) supplementing and making consequential provision in respect of the Market Abuse Regulation. 5 (2) Regulations under this section may contain such incidental, supplementary and consequential provisions as appear to the Minister to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of those regulations, including provisions creating offences (but the regulations may only provide penalties in respect of a summary conviction for any such offence). (3) Regulations under this section may also (a) make, for the purposes of those regulations, provision analogous to that which was made by section 3 of the Companies (Amendment) Act 1999 (repealed by section 31 of the Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005) for the purposes of the firstmentioned Act; (b) impose on a market operator a requirement similar to that which is imposed by Article 6(9) of the 2003 Market Abuse Directive on the person referred to in that Article 6(9). 20 (4) This section is without prejudice to section 3 of the European Communities Act (1) Regulations made under section 30 of the Investment Saver for existing Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005 and in Market Abuse force immediately before the commencement of this section shall Regulations. continue in force as if they were regulations made under section 1357 and may be amended or revoked accordingly. (2) Without prejudice to Schedule 6 or to the generality of section 26(2)(f) of the Interpretation Act 2005, the reference in Regulation 49(2) of the Market Abuse (Directive 2003/6/EC) Regulations 2005 (S.I. No. 342 of 2005) to section 32 of the Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005 shall, after the commencement of this section, be read as a reference to section 1359, but this is subject to subsection (3). (3) The adaptation of reference effected by subsection (2) does not affect the operation of section 27 of the Interpretation Act 2005 as it concerns a prosecution initiated before or after the repeal by this Act of section 32 of the Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005 in respect of an offence referred to in that section 32 committed before that repeal A person who is guilty of an offence created by Irish Conviction on market abuse law (being an offence expressed by that law to be an indictment of offence to which this section applies) shall, without prejudice to any offences under Irish market abuse law: penalties provided by that law in respect of a summary conviction penalties. for the offence, be liable, on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding 10,000,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both (1) If a person contravenes a provision of Irish market abuse law (being a provision the purpose of which is expressed by that law to be for the implementation of Article 2, 3 or 4 of the 2003 Market Abuse Directive) the person shall be liable Civil liability for certain breaches of Irish market abuse law. 1015

19 (a) to compensate any other party to the transaction concerned who was not in possession of the relevant information for any loss sustained by that party by reason of any difference between the price at which the financial instruments concerned were acquired or disposed of and 5 the price at which they would have been likely to have been acquired or disposed of in such a transaction at the time when the first-mentioned transaction took place if that information had been generally available; and (b) to account to the body corporate or other legal entity 10 which issued the financial instruments concerned for any profit accruing to the first-mentioned person from acquiring or disposing of those instruments. (2) If a person contravenes a provision of Irish market abuse law (being a provision the purpose of which is expressed by that law to 15 be for the implementation of Article 5 of the 2003 Market Abuse Directive) the person shall be liable (a) to compensate any other party who acquired or disposed of financial instruments by reason of the contravention; and 20 (b) to account to the body corporate or other legal entity which issued the financial instruments concerned for any profit accruing to the first-mentioned person from acquiring or disposing of those instruments. (3) Subsections (1) and (2) are without prejudice to any other 25 cause of action which may lie against the person for contravening the provision concerned. (4) An action under subsection (1) or (2) shall not be commenced more than 2 years after the date of the contravention concerned. Supplementary rules, etc., by competent authority (1) In this section competent authority means the com- 30 petent authority designated under Irish market abuse law. (2) The competent authority may make rules imposing or enabling the competent authority to impose requirements on persons on whom an obligation or obligations are imposed by Irish market abuse law, being requirements 35 (a) to do or not to do specified things so as to secure that the provisions of Irish market abuse law are complied with and, in particular (without limiting the generality of this paragraph), to adopt specified procedures and use specified forms in the provision of information to the com- 40 petent authority; (b) to do or not to do, specified things so as to secure the effective supervision by the competent authority of activities of the kind to which Irish market abuse law relates and, in particular (without limiting the generality of this 45 paragraph), to make such reports or disclose such matters, at such times and in such manner, to the competent authority or other specified persons as are provided for by the rules or specified by the competent authority pursuant to the rules, being reports or a disclosure 50 of matters that is or are required by virtue or in consequence of the operation of Irish market abuse law. 1016

20 5 (3) Rules under this section may include rules providing for the manner in which or the matters by reference to which (or both) a determination is to be made of any issue as to whether a financial interest or interests is or are significant for the purposes of the provisions of Irish market abuse law implementing Article 5(1) of Commission Directive No. 2003/125/EC of 22 December (4) Rules under this section may contain such consequential, incidental or supplemental provisions as the competent authority considers necessary or expedient (5) Rules under this section shall not contain any provision that is inconsistent with Irish market abuse law or require the provision of information to any person, the provision of which is not reasonably related to the purposes for which the applicable provisions of the 2003 Market Abuse Directive or the supplemental Directives have been adopted. (6) The provisions of Irish market abuse law that are expressed by that law to be made for the purpose of enabling the imposition of administrative sanctions shall apply in relation to a contravention of rules under this section as they apply in relation to a contravention of a provision of Irish market abuse law and accordingly, a sanction that may be imposed pursuant to the first-mentioned provisions of Irish market abuse law in respect of a contravention of a provision of that law may, in accordance with that law, be imposed in respect of a contravention of rules under this section. (7) The competent authority may issue guidelines in writing as to the steps that may be taken to comply with Irish market abuse law. (8) Rules made under section 34 of the Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2005 and in force immediately before the commencement of this section shall continue in force as if they were rules made under this section and may be amended or revoked accordingly (1) The Minister, after consultation with the competent authority designated under Irish market abuse law, may, by provisional order, provide that one or more provisions of Irish market abuse law that apply in relation to a market to which the 2003 Market Abuse Directive applies shall, with such modifications if any, as are specified in the order, apply to a market specified in the order. (2) The Minister may, by provisional order, amend or revoke a provisional order under this section (including a provisional order under this subsection). Application of Irish market abuse law to certain markets. (3) A provisional order under this section shall not have effect unless or until it is confirmed by an Act of the Oireachtas. Chapter 3 45 Requirement for corporate governance statement and application of certain provisions of Parts 5 and 6 where company is a traded company In this Chapter traded company means (a) a public limited company; Definition (Chapter 3). 1017

21 (b) a designated activity company; (c) a company limited by guarantee; or (d) a public unlimited company or a public unlimited company, that has no share capital, that in the case of a public limited company has shares or debentures, 5 or in the case of any of the other foregoing types of company has debentures, admitted to trading on a regulated market in an EEA state. Corporate governance statement in the case of a traded company (1) Subject to subsection (3), there shall be included in the directors report referred to in section 326 of a traded company a 10 statement (which shall be known and is in this section referred to as a corporate governance statement ) in respect of the financial year concerned. (2) The corporate governance statement shall be included as a specific section of the directors report, and shall include, at least, all 15 of the following information (a) a reference to (i) the corporate governance code (I) to which the company is subject and where the relevant text is publicly available; or 20 (II) which the company has voluntarily decided to apply and where the relevant text is publicly available; and (ii) all relevant information concerning corporate governance practices applied in respect of the company 25 which are additional to any statutory requirement, and where the information on such corporate governance practices is available for inspection by the public; (b) where the company departs, in accordance with any statu- 30 tory provision, from a corporate governance code referred to in clause (I) or (II) of paragraph (a)(i) (i) an explanation by the company as to which parts of the corporate governance code it departs from in accordance with the statutory provision and the 35 extent to which it departs from such code; and (ii) the reasons for such departure, and where the company has decided not to apply any provisions of a corporate governance code referred to in clause (I) or (II) of paragraph (a)(i), the company shall 40 explain its reasons for doing so; (c) a description of the main features of the internal control and risk management systems of the company in relation to the financial reporting process; (d) the information required under Regulation 21(2)(c), (d), 45 (f), (h) and (i) of the European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 255 of 2006), where the company is subject to those Regulations; 1018

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